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Click here for details of the new Fastway release for 2011, 'Eat Dog Eat'.

Eddie returned to England in 1982 after leaving Motorhead and immediately got together with Pete Way from UFO. The very first Fastway rehearsals commenced with Topper Heddon from The Clash on drums, Pete on bass and Eddie on guitar.

After a few weeks of rehearsals, things were going well and there was much media interest in the new band. At this point, Topper decided the he did not want to commit to the band full time, so Pete and Eddie started looking for a drummer and vocalist. Word got out that they were looking for tapes of would be vocalists and drummers. After receiving literally hundreds of replies, sorting through and listening to the many offerings became a major task. At the same time, Pete heard that Gerry Shirley, formally of Humble Pie was in England and not doing anything. Gerry jumped at the chance to join this exciting new project and was ‘in’ as soon as the first rehearsal was over. Around the same time, whilst sifting through the many tapes that had been sent in, Eddie found one from Dublin containing some rather impressive vocals. The singer in question was Dave King and Pete and Eddie invited him to London. The four piece gelled immediately and shortly afterwards, Fastway signed their first record deal with CBS.

The date for the recording of the first album was set but just before Fastway entered the studio, Pete Way mysteriously disappeared. Several frantic attempts to find him failed and Eddie was forced to make the decision to find a replacement for the recording sessions. Session man Mickey Feat was drafted in to play on the debut album, Fastway and the record was duly delivered on time. Pete Way re-surfaced as a member of The Ozzy Ozbourne Band. It transpired that he had accepted an offer to play Ozzy’s European tour, for some strange reason, hence his going AWOL. Eddie never heard from Pete again.

Produced by Eddie Kramer and released in April 1983, the album confirmed that this band meant business and with or without Pete Way, were going to have a big impact on the worldwide rock scene. Mickey Feat had played a blinder on the album but was not a ‘live’ performer, so the bass duties on the following British tour were carried out by Alfie Ages. The UK tour was a success and only a few days after the final gig, a now permanent bass player joined the ranks. Charlie McCracken, who had several years experience with Rory Gallagher’s Taste was in and as album sales rose slowly but surely, the band plotted their next move.

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